4/3/12

I'm headed to an MBA program (UNC or Emory) in the Fall to transition from consulting into investment banking. I currently live in the Southeast, and I'd like to stay here, so I've been considering Charlotte as a place to start out post-MBA. I have heard that Wells Fargo and BoA have big presences there.

Assuming that I'm well qualified, would it be difficult to find a job specifically in Charlotte?

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4/3/12

rap scene really comin up in C-town

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4/3/12

You should be in good shape coming from a top southern MBA program. You'll definitely benefit from a southern bias. I don't know this for a fact, but I think that under Ken Lewis tenure the IBD division in Charlotte slimmed down significantly, as Ken looked to build a strong nyc presence - One Bryant Park (and the 08/09 slimmed it down further). Not 100% sure this is the case, but I remember reading/hearing that. Of course there's still plenty of great finance jobs in Charlotte.

4/3/12

The key to Charlotte is to look for the true MM or boutique firms like BlackArch partners and Edgeview.

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4/3/12
Nefarious-:

The key to Charlotte is to look for the true MM or boutique firms like BlackArch partners and Edgeview.

this. MM space s exploding there. Not too much BB banking like above poster mentioned, BAML is mostly lev fin. Wells Fargo still pitches against a lot of MM mandates, but still a great place to be. I would like into places like Jefferies, Sagent, McColl, Edgeview and RWBaird, all in Charlotte. Great deal flow and nice/helpful people.

4/3/12

I think BofA IBD is completely gone from Charlotte now. They had a great lev fin group that held out for a while but I think they've been moved up to NYC as well; correct me if I'm wrong though. Wells or the above boutiques (with McColl added as well) are the best bets.

4/3/12

With a consulting background and an MBA from either one of those schools, assuming you network well and get the necessary grades, you will walk into Charlotte. There are a ton of MM firms in Charlotte that have a great rep and Wells is huge there (and growing). On the other hand, BAML is now mostly in NYC in terms of IBD.

I'd strongly consider approaching Wells. They are becoming a big name in IBD these days.

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4/4/12

Dont forget, Lazard and SunTrust are pretty busy in charlotte as well.

4/4/12

For what it's worth, among all of Wells Fargo's IBD offices (NYC, Charlotte, SF), their incoming associate class comes from the following schools:

Internal Promote: 7
Chicago-Booth: 6
Georgetown: 5
Columbia: 3
Duke: 3
UNC: 3
Michigan-Ross: 2
Berkeley: 1
Darden: 1
HBS: 1
Southern Methodist: 1
Tepper: 1
Tuck: 1
UCLA: 1
USC-Marshall: 1
Wharton: 1

4/4/12
novian18:

For what it's worth, among all of Wells Fargo's IBD offices (NYC, Charlotte, SF), their incoming associate class comes from the following schools:

Internal Promote: 7
Chicago-Booth: 6
Georgetown: 5
Columbia: 3
Duke: 3
UNC: 3
Michigan-Ross: 2
Berkeley: 1
Darden: 1
HBS: 1
Southern Methodist: 1
Tepper: 1
Tuck: 1
UCLA: 1
USC-Marshall: 1
Wharton: 1

I think you might be missing a Goizueta (Emory). Other than that, this list matches what I've seen.

Regards

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4/4/12

Both are great schools that pop up a lot at MMs in Charlotte. A big factor at those shops are going to be embracing the down south culture. The boutiques have MD's from various backgrounds but many are from BHC and have NYC mindsets.

4/4/12

Charlotte Boutiques:

Well known names:
Edgeview
McColl
Blackarch
Baird
Jefferies
Sagent Advisors
Lazard Middle Market

Other known names:
Brookwood Associates
Fidus
Morgan Keegan
Fennebresque & Co

Others:
7 Mile Advisors
Allen C Ewing
Anderson LeNeave
Bourne Partners
Carl Marks
Chapman Associates
Cerium Capital
Coutant Capital
Decision Point International
Dragonfly Capital
Duncan Williams
Greer & Walker
Robertson and Foley
Sherman & Company
Tobin and Company
Triarch Partners

4/4/12
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